William Bolcom Turns 80

William Bolcom turns 80 on May 26th. Lifelong composer and winner of nearly every major American music award, from the Pulitzer to Grammys to the National Medal of the Arts to Musical America’s Composer of the Year, Mr. Bolcom will be spending his 80th birthday as he has spent much of his professional life, along with his life and performing partner, singer Joan Morris: on the road. Shuttling between performances and residencies is at heightened levels this year, seeing him jet from his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan to New York City to Bellingham, Washington to Los Angeles to Paris and London within a month. It is no surprise that there a few World Premieres of new works peppered in as well. In homage, and in awe, we present a little bit of the Bolcom itinerary below. If you squint, we believe you can see him in two places at once. Happy Birthday, Bill!


April 19-22: Lucrezia staged at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

April 23: New York/Carnegie Hall Premiere of Trombone Concerto (Alessi, University of Central Arkansas Band)

April 29: World Premiere of Dark Dreams That Will Not Disappear for Viola and Piano (Jacob Adams, viola and Angela Drăghicescu, piano) at Merkin Hall, New York City (in attendance)

May 1: Bolcom & Morris performance at Mohawk Trail Concerts, Amherst, Massachusetts

May 4-6: Lucrezia staged at San Francisco Conservatory; World Premiere of orchestration

May 4-6: Symphony No. 2 (“Oracles”) performance at Western Washington University (in residence)

May 11-12: Performances of piano music (by Lori Sims) and Symphony No. 1 at The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan (in attendance)

May 20-26: Bolcom & Morris in residence at Songfest, Los Angeles, California

June 1-2: Multiple concerts and a master class at St John’s Smith Square, London, England (in residence)

June 6: The Bolcom Song Project (Rayanne Dupuis, soprano and Guy Livingston, piano), Paris, France (in attendance)

July 6-7: Symphony No. 4 and “Machine” from Symphony No. 5 at Grant Park Music Festival, Dennis Russell Davies, conductor, Chicago, Illinois (in attendance)

August 4: Violin Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz, California (in residence)

September 15: World Premiere of An Ann Arbor Saturday by the Ann Arbor Symphony (in attendance)

September 20, 23: World Premiere of Horn Trio (Finehouse, Ficsor, Gross) at University of Denver and Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI (in attendance)

October 20 – November 4: Performances of Dinner At Eight, Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford, Ireland (in residence)

May 24, 2018